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    We are Iowa licensed to perform Time-of-Transfer inspections of septic systems. Full reports are given to the county environmental health department and the Iowa DNR as per Iowa law (SF261). These inspections are required prior to the sale or deed transfer of every home or building with a septic system. Certain exceptions do apply, such as foreclosure, father to son family transfers, divorce settlements and administration of an estate. This information comes direction from the Iowa DNR and can be found on their website.

    What Happens During Inspection

    A basic overview of what occurs during a Time-of-Transfer septic inspection is as follows:
    1. We receive a request for the inspection
    2. We request any available information from the county environmental health department
    3. Using the information received, we locate, dig up and inspect the system
    4. We provide our report to the county environmental health department and the Iowa DNR
    5. We await approval that everything is clear.

    A Little Clarity

    We want to clarify something though...
    These inspections are not to determine if your septic system is completely up to code and charge you thousands of dollars to fix it before a sale can be completed. The overall reason for these inspections is to determine if your septic system is dumping raw sewage in to the environment. Basically...does your system have a drainfield. If it is determined that your system is dumping raw sewage in to the environment, there are two options for you. Option 1 is to have the seller fix the system before the sale. Option 2 is to have a written agreement that the purchaser will fix the system.

    Disclaimer

    We are in no way in a position to give legal advice. The information given on this page, and anywhere on our website, is to the best of our knowlege based on research and years of experience and is provided only as a guide for basic information to get you started and make you aware. For the best advice, contact your attorney, the county environmental health department or the Iowa DNR before making any final decisions.